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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Photos Of The Day: Over 8000 People Took Part In Red Bull "Wings For Life" Foundation Run in Zadar (+Video)

Over 8,000 participants took part in the Croatian "Wings for Life" World Run, the coastal city of Zadar has been the Croatian representative city for the world event since it started in 2014. 

These photos I came came across looked interesting, and so did the story behind it, so here's some pics from the day. The Croatian "Wings for Life" World Run took place just the other day on May 7th starting from the old historic section of the city of Zadar, a coastal city in the northern Dalmatia region located between Split and Rijeka. And this year another large group of over 8,000 enthusiastic runners and non-runners took part in the annual humanitarian event sponsored by Red Bull.

Zadar runners and even non-runners from the city centre ghetto areas closed shop for a few hours and the local ethnic and street gangs took a pause to go shopping at the Walmart instead, the crack houses and crime ridden favela areas were fenced off, donut shop and bar shootings were forbidden for the day by city council until 6:00pm, the alleyway drug addicts and fuckos were shipped off to the east side malls and the rapists were set free for a few hours to sweep the sidewalks and course roads and dump the opfers into the sea. (A lot of people don't know that statistically Zadar per capita had more tourist abductions and murders than even Rio in 2013, I read that somewhere so I'm glad they finally got their shit together before this prestigious event). The event was then finally officially ready to take place, people started the event on the track prepared in the older part of the city among the city's popular and historical landmarks.

They then continued through the city center, heading toward the Adriatic highway, and passing by the famous city walls which allowed the town to retain its freedom numerous times through the centuries. Competitive runners, occasional and non-runners ran, people jogged-ran and walk-ran and even believe it or not wheelchair bound people rode-ran, Some local celebs and television personalities, Croatian former alpine skier Nika Fleiss and even current European, World and Olympic Champion rowers Martin and Valent Sinković promoted the event and ran for the charity cause, pic below.

The "Wings for Life World Run" is a running competition held on the first weekend of May since 2014 to collect funds for the not-for-profit foundation "Wings for Life." The entry fee goes completely to the foundation.

The "Wings for Life World Run" is particular in that participants don't have to run a specific distance like in comparable running competitions. A car rides on the track half an hour after the start. Overtaken participants are eliminated until just one remains, who is then declared the winner, although every runner is technically a winner.

The race is open to everybody, professionals as well as members or non-members of running clubs. The entry fee is donated entirely to the foundation, the main sponsor Red Bull covers the costs of the event.

Another characteristic is that the run takes place in 34 or 35 locations around the Earth at the same time. Zadar has hosted the "Wings for Life World Run" since it started in 2014 and will be hosting again as the Croatian representative city in 2018.

The Wings for Life World Run was also broadcast live around the world on Red Bull TV.

The not-for-profit foundation Wings for Life was established by the two-time motocross world champion Heinz Kinigadner and the Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz in 2004. (who also happens to have Croatian roots from near Zadar btw, see previous post link at bottom).

The main objective of the foundation is to find a treatment for spinal cord injuries and paraplegia, funding world-class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe aimed at healing the injured spinal cord. Therefore, the foundation's main goal is to support research and studies about spinal cord and spinal cord injuries financially.

(I was fortunate enough to have visited Zadar previously, you can view a few of my personal pics at zadar-ports-national-geographic)

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